Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. In this edition, we give the latest on 4-star wide receiver Seth Williams and 4-star pass rusher Richard Jibunor.
6-foot-4 receiver explains comfort in Auburn
Can Auburn steal a Tuscaloosa standout from Alabama?
It’s becoming likely.
Seth Williams — the 4-star WR from Paul W. Bryant High School — visited Auburn for two days over the weekend. Perhaps the most intriguing element was he arrived Friday and stayed overnight when he could’ve been at Alabama’s cookout.
Williams has since visited Alabama, so it might be looking into it too much, but the fact Williams visited Auburn for two days in favor of Alabama is telling.
That fits right in line with his analysis regarding the difficulty of leaving Tuscaloosa.
“It’s not hard. It’s one of those schools where, if you’re Tuscaloosa-born, and you want to go to Tuscaloosa, you stay in Tuscaloosa,” Williams said. “But nothing in Tuscaloosa is going to make you stay in Tuscaloosa.”
The 6-foot-4 wide receiver claims Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss are recruiting him the hardest.
Auburn’s sales pitch stems from the need for a tall wide receiver. Williams’ strongest coaching relationship is with wide receivers coach Kodi Burns who has emphasized his desire to add a couple of lanky wide receivers such as Williams and Justyn Ross.
“He wants a big, strong, fast receiver that creates space in the open field and can run,” Williams said. “Auburn, you think of them more as a run offense, but play-action gets you open on the outside.”
Williams laid low for several months, not focusing on recruiting.
He said at Auburn’s cookout the Tigers earned his first visit of the summer, though he’s now gone to Alabama, as well.
The visit to the Plains gave Williams a feel of what to expect from Auburn.
“I came down here to see the atmosphere to see how everybody is feeling about it right now,” Williams said. “Probably just how the coaches, they’re real. They’re not going to hide anything from you. They’re family. Every time I come here, it feels like family. You just can’t get past that. It’s got to be real important. I’m not going to go anywhere where I don’t feel comfortable. I just want to feel like I’m supposed to be there. I want to be there.”
Williams hasn’t set a timeline for a decision, but he hasn’t given indication there will be something soon. He made my last 2018 class projection, and if I were doing another one now, Williams would be in it again.
Raw pass rusher sets top schools
Auburn is one step closer to landing Richard Jibunor.
The 4-star prospect from Athens Christian (Ga.) released a top 9 on Wednesday that included (in no specific order) Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Louisville and North Carolina. He released the list with a teaser: “Commitment coming soon.”
TOP SCHOOLS. 🙏🏽Commitment coming soon💯👀 pic.twitter.com/ke61Xnu2Zg
— Richard Jibunor (@JibunorRichard) July 26, 2017
Jibunor told SEC Country he plans to have a decision before his high school football season starts. With a dead period about to hit, there isn’t much more for the 4-star pass rusher to see before he makes a decision.
The big question: How hard is Alabama recruiting him?
If Alabama is hesitant, Auburn and Tennessee likely hold the edge over the other pursuing programs. In that Auburn-Tennessee battle, I give the Tigers the edge for his relationship with linebackers coach Travis Williams and defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
Jibunor is close with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, however, so if the Crimson Tide put on the pressure, it could become and old-fashioned Iron Bowl recruiting battle.